So it’s the Season of Glutton, Sweet potatoes pies, dressing, potatoes salad, Macaroni & Cheese, and candied Ham. Everyone is over indulging in Holiday foods, good drinks, and good times. Those extra pounds may provide some much needed insulation in the winter months, but Sumner time is COMING and if plan to be snatched for the New Year’s you might want to skip out on any excessive Holiday Food Binging.
Brought to you by Good House Keeping , there are safe alternative solutions to keeping a healthy waistline during this Food Tantric Time of year.These slithering little culprits could be the reason your New year’s resolution has more weight then a champion.
This make-ahead, kid-friendly side complements just about every dish. However, peeling the potatoes removes the most nutritious part and that’s before mixing in butter and whole milk or cream for that rich taste.
Healthy Substitute: Reduced-fat butter and skim milk can decrease the fat content of mashed potatoes from 10 grams to 3 grams per cup. Consider leaving on the skin for added nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, and even iron. Or, introduce mashed cauliflower as a low-carb alternative, which boasts a similar flavor and consistency that everyone loves.
The traditional version, whether homemade or store-bought, contains whole milk and cream, packing about 400 calories and 19 grams of fat into one creamy cup — and that’s before it gets boozy.
Healthy Substitute: Make your own using low-fat milk and equal parts egg whites to whole eggs. (Add a bit of cornstarch to thicken it.) Homemade eggnog also allows you to adjust the seasoning and sugar to your taste. Or, try one of the store-bought beverages made with rice or soy milk. Thinner than regular eggnog, these drinks contain about half the calories and one-tenth of the fat of the conventional version, while still retaining that spicy holiday flavor.
This potato pancake traditionally served as part of the Hanukkah celebration earns a dietary thumbs-down primarily because it’s deep-fried. One meager, two-ounce serving weighs in at 200 calories and 11 grams of fat.
Healthy Substitute: “Instead of deep-frying, brown latkes in the pan with only a little bit of olive oil or canola oil, and then bake at 425°F for 10 to 15 minutes each side. You’ll sharply reduce the calories and fat content,” says Erin Palinski, RD, author of The Belly Fat Diet for Dummies.
Rolls with Butter
This holiday tradition has been passed down for decades, despite what we now know: White flour has little nutritional value, and butter, though delicious, is packed with saturated fat.
Healthy Substitute: You could switch to whole grain bread and skip the butter, but why bother? A holiday meal offers enough special dishes that nobody will miss the breadbasket. If your menu needs a starch, choose brown rice prepared with low-fat broth and garnished with parsley. Not only is this nutty, whole grain rich in fiber, it also contains manganese and selenium, antioxidants that promote bone health and support your immune system.
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